A seducer learns how to love in this cheaply stylish, slow-moving soft-core offering. Ikki (Mikio Osawa), a “professional marriage con," targets wealthy women and uses his brooding good looks, cool haircut and bedroom prowess to get them to open their checkbooks. The cops are hot on his trail, but every time one of Ikki's victims is about to roll over, one trip to the bedroom changes their minds. Trouble starts for poor Ikki when he falls for Ayako (Noriko Hamada), the square daughter from a prominent family who looks eerily like Ikki's late mother (whose photo he keeps in a copy of Proust!). She falls for him too, but Ikki has a rival for Ayako’s attention: Koichiro (Minori Terada), a retired marriage con who the cops have lured out of retirement to help trap Ikki. Koichiro, posing as a Buddhist priest, succeeds in placing doubts in Ayako’s mind (when he’s not busy having sex on the altar with his young assistant), and these doubts are confirmed when the cops confront her with Ikki’s past and demand that she press charges. But despite her best efforts, Ayako can’t bring herself to press charges when she confronts Ikki in the police station though this time he uses rhetoric to persuade her, rather than his other talents (which might have been a bit tough to pull off in a questioning room in front of two angry cops). In a final twist, Ikki learns that Koichiro and he have even more in common than their professions. Early scenes in which Ikki pursues, seduces and swindles a famous actress (Noriko Hayami) are well done, but the pursuit of Ayako is fairly lifeless and prosaic not surprising since she’s a Harvard-trained economist. The opening may seduce, but the rest of the movie's closer to a swindle.
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- Released: 2000
- Rating: NR
- Review: A seducer learns how to love in this cheaply stylish, slow-moving soft-core offering. Ikki (Mikio Osawa), a “professional marriage con," targets wealthy women and uses his brooding good looks, cool haircut and bedroom prowess to get them to open their chec… (more)